Florence Welch puts on private concert for teen too sick to make her Texas show
A sick teen got a private concert from Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch recently. The teen who was receiving care at Hospice Austin in Austin, Texas had tickets to a Florence and the Machine concert Fox News reported, but was unable to attend because of her illness.
Hope of going to the concert was one of the things that kept her going during her treatment, according to one of her nurses, Christie Kramer. "We have a patient who held long cherished tickets to see Florence and The Machine last night with her BFF,” Kramer wrote on Facebook. “All week through set back after set back she asked if she would be able to go. We tried to entertain the idea and it felt so scary and overwhelming for the medical staff and her mother that finally I said no, and my heart broke again."
The hospice staff saw how devastating the news was to the teen, so they tried to get in touch with Welch. When they finally got through, she agreed to visit the teen. When Welch arrived, the teen’s mom cried “tears of joy" and gave Welch a hug, according to People. Welch, accompanied by guitarist Rob Ackroyd, performed Shake It Out" and "Dog Days Are Over" for the teen and teenage friends who crowded into the teen’s room.
"There were shrieks and squeals and so much joyous music and singing and tears and tears and tears of grief and joy and hope and love and utter devastation," Kramer wrote, according to People, "and somehow simple kindness made everything better."
The girl's mom, Catherine Chen, posted video from the performance to Instagram, according to People. She thanked Welch again in the post and said that she “is such a beautiful and kind soul!! She brought so much joy to all of us today. What a Blessing!!”